The shrinking of Bears Ears will cause similar damage to paleontology, he said.
Q: Is Trump correct that citizens of Utah opposed the national monuments?
A: While many residents of Utah have long opposed federal control of public lands, opinion on the national monuments is split. Both monuments are major tourist attractions, stimulating the economy of towns nearby.
But political leaders in Utah have been nearly unanimous in opposing the national monuments, and they agree with Trump that some of his predecessors have abused their powers under the Antiquities Act.
"Thank you for standing with the people of Utah," Republican Sen. Mike Lee told Trump at the president's announcement ceremony Monday in Salt Lake City.
A coal mine was going to open in Grand Staircase-Escalante when Clinton's designation of the national monument put a stop to the project.
Rob Bishop, a Republican congressman from Utah, has proposed sharply curtailing the power of presidents to establish national monuments.
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